Course overview

English Literature A Level City of Bristol College

This course is part of a two-year, full-time A Level programme of three different subjects. Enrich your understanding and critical appreciation of literature by exploring narrative, genre and other key literary concepts through the study of classic and modern texts.

This subject will help you gain a university place in a variety of different courses, particularly as English Literature is one of the ‘facilitating subjects’ most favoured by the top universities.

You will consider the individual, moral, ethical and social issues raised by literature, as well as experiment with and improve your own creative and analytical writing.

This course is an option within our creative and humanities A Level pathways.

  • Creative Pathway course code: ALCREATIVE
  • Humanities Pathway course code: ALHUM

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply


Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is part of a full-time A Level programme of three different subjects and will appeal to Year 11 students.

What you'll learn

In the first year you will study the genre of comedy through a wide range of different texts, exploring the history, development, conventions and philosophy of comic writing- what makes us laugh and why do we have such a need to read comic texts? In the second year you will study the history, development, conventions and philosophy of crime writing, again through a wide range of texts – why do we enjoy reading about horrific crime and criminals?

Course entry requirements

For entry onto this course you will require 6 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the duration of the course via a combination of coursework, practical work, observation and presentations.

Future career and study opportunities

You could progress to university to study literature, journalism, creative writing, teaching or any other course which requires excellent oral and written communication skills. Employers respect the academic nature of this qualification.

Additional costs

This course is free to anyone aged 16-18. There is no formal list of additional costs. However, if you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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